Construction Regulations along City Waterways
Uncontrolled construction activities can lead to riverbank failures and waterway obstructions.
Waterway Construction Regulations
- The need to regulate construction activities was identified in the 1950s. At that time, it became apparent that the impacts of uncontrolled activities (in particular, depositing of any fill and dumping of waste material), led to riverbank failures and waterway obstructions.
- The City of Winnipeg Waterway By-law 5888/92 identifies regulated waterway areas and establishes a procedure for dealing with Waterway Permits and Orders within the Regulated Areas of the City.
- A Waterway Permit legally authorizes construction within the Regulated Area of the City.
- It protects the public from construction that may endanger the stability of the riverbank, impede water flow, or adversely alter the waterway.
- A Waterway Permit is required for the following activities occurring within the Regulated Area:
- construction or demolition of a building
- deposit, removal, alteration or disturbance of any material
- alteration of drainage
- diversion or alteration of a waterway
- Examples of work requiring a Waterway Permit:
- commercial and industrial buildings
- dwellings, additions and garages
- swimming pools, decks, permanent docks
- depositing of fill or excavations
- riverbank stabilization (erosion protection, retaining walls, shear keys)
- landscaping projects that include any site re-grading, retaining structures or drainage changes
- Waterway Permit Application
- Why You Should Get a Waterway Permit
Description of the Regulated Area
- The riverbed and lands extending 350 feet (107 m) on each side of the Red, Assiniboine, Seine and LaSalle rivers.
- The creek bed and lands extending 250 feet (76 m) on each side of Bunn's, Omand's, Truro and Sturgeon creeks.
Other Approvals May Be Necessary
- Waterway Permit holders may also require other approvals, such as zoning variances, development permits, building permits or local district approvals prior to proceeding with work.
- For information on other approvals, call the Zoning and Permits Branch at 204-986-5140.
Last update: November 9, 2022